The following is taken from the work of Dr. Richard Tarnas in his book Cosmos and Psyche the conclusions are my own.
Saturn conjunct Pluto conjunctions are times of conservative empowerment to the point of all- out conflict or even war. It is also a time of religious fundamentalist denunciation of scientific theory (1616 Vatican declared Copernican theory false; astrologer and theologian Michael Servetus was burned at the stake for heresy) These are periods of profound moral urgency and apocalyptic end-time expectations.
Historically in 1914 this conjunction was the beginning of German aggression leading to WWI and US government got into the war in 1917 after a period of isolation.
In the second 1948 Saturn Pluto conjunction, the start of the cold war began and this started a nuclear arms race and espionage between US and its allies vs. communist countries. Israel was declared a state-a religious-political state.
The last conjunction in the 20th century occurred in 1980-1984 with the advent of escalating tensions worldwide as dictatorial state-sponsored terrorism by governments gained ground: USSR; South Africa; Central America; Afghanistan, Iraq etc.
Now we are in the 21st century and on or near January 12, 2020 the conjunction between these two planets will occur again. What can we expect then? The emergence of conservative or reactionary movements will be religiously provoked. Radical beliefs and restrictions will exist in governmental form; in the form of policies and laws that restrict moral freedom of the individual. Immigration will be seen as a threat during these times. Nationalism will be a priority over being open to cultural and religious diversity. And at the same time, a crisis will be brought about by financial and resource problems affected by a tax revolution in the way our government is financed. (Uranus in Taurus). Expect the tax breaks now emboldened by the Trump administration and conservatives to manifest even more disparity between the rich and the poor in America. And a conservative backlash against all forces looking for reform and equalization of the resources. Our country could go bankrupt with institutions that normally provide for the general welfare: medicare, medicaid as greed and wealth of the collective will held by only a few. I pray this does not occur but being forewarned is forearmed and the “Night Watch” has begun. It is 13 months till the conjunction. What trends do you see? Remember the conjunction does not predict events; instead correlations occur in the way the masses think. Individuals can be effected too but it is likely that catastrophic thinking may be pervasive during. This time.